• Apply now for 2022-2023!

    Interested in enrolling your child in Head Start or Early Head Start next year?  Contact the Family Advocate office in your county to make an appointment and fill out an application or click the link […]

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    What is Head Start?

    It is a Federal program for income eligible children ages 0-5 years. Head Start helps prepare children to succeed in school. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. They also […]

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  • Early Head Start

    What is Early Head Start? Early Head Start offers high-quality prenatal, infant and toddler services to low-income families. Services include: prenatal education, childcare, parenting classes, and programs designed to support families as they work toward […]

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Welcome to DCEA, inc. Head Start / Early Head Start

The Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority Head Start / Early Head Start Program was organized by Rose Hill in 1965. Our program serves 964 participants in eight counties in East TN: Blount, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Monroe, Sevier and Union. Director: Curt Amos

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This was our third year in partnering with the Laura J. Kress Angel Tree Fund and we have seen the wonderful impact this…

Posted by Head Start / Early Head Start on Tuesday, February 15, 2022


Non Discrimination Statement: Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, age, disability, or military service in its policies, or in the admission, participation, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.